Using an mp3
player has HUGE advantages
You can use
them to play backings (available from this site);
Regretfully, the people at Apple have done a great job promoting the iPod as the best mp3 player.
IT IS NOT.
The iriver (especially the X20) is far more flexible, powerful, and future-proof. It also offers better sound quality via support of the OGG format.
And it's not just my opinion. The Australian Consumer Associations "Choice" Magazine recently gave the i-Pod one of its notorious Shonky Awards, for poor quality and warranty issues.
But the bigger concern is features.
If you want to
use an mp3 player as a drum machine or metronome, you'll need speakers.
Wouldn't it by
nice to transfer files via a standard mSD Flash Card? Or add extra
memory the same way?
What about easy
file transfer using a standard USB cable?
recording your performance directly form your keyboard or digital piano?
rechargeable battery will fail
Want to be able
to play audio or video files from
Compare on these charts:
quality: OGG is recognized as the best format.
believe that it is important to note that Ogg Vorbis is the ONLY
owned by Thompson-Fraunhofer; AAC by a consortium;
As such, all these other formats require royalties and licensing, which restricts your freedoms under the Copyright Act. Further, many of these companies (especially Microsoft) pursue radical programs (such as DRM, or Digital Rights Management) which can deny you the ability to play legal files under certain circumstances.
AAC (Apple) suffers in that it isn't one format. It includes AAC-LC (Low Complexity); AAC-HE (High Efficiency); AAC-PS; AAC-SSR etc. They can also be MPEG-2 or MPEG-4 streams. All this chaos is then further wrapped in an MP4 container.
result of this mess is that most portable players will
Therefore... You're better off with an iriver!
information on the charts is taken from the web sites listed
Free Music in OGG Format for iriver
Software that supports the iriver and OGG
teach morning, after-school and evening classes.
site was designed & programmed by S.A.Walter,
The use of images, text, music scores, backings or
Material noted as 'free to download' cannot be used
See our legal page for more details
This web page was created on